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DRUG USE 

The progressive nature of drug use makes those turning points hard to identify and almost impossible to control, and, if you live in a culture that’s strict about drug use, they can be easily missed.

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DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION

Drug Use

Despite all its conveniences, 21st century life is more stressful than ever. Parents are putting in exhausting hours at work. Adults are under immense pressure to fit in and succeed. The variables can add up quickly, and, unfortunately, what we see isn’t always the whole story. 

Something that starts out as a recreational experiment or a party activity can quickly become an “it’s the last time, I promise” situation... until the joint leads to heavier drinking, or the vaping goes from marijuana to opioids.

The progressive nature of drug use makes those turning points hard to identify and almost impossible to control, and, if you live in a culture that’s strict about drug use, they can be easily missed. 

This isn’t due to any failure on anyone’s part. Human biology dictates that regular drug use leads to needing more of the substance, and/or a stronger substance, to achieve the same high. A person’s life becomes unmanageable before they are aware of it. That’s when it’s time to get help, before things spiral even further. 

Common signs people exhibit when struggling with drug addiction are:

Types of Drugs

Most people tend to use more than one substance. And substances that have a mild effect on their own can be extremely dangerous when used in combination.

Whether someone is using street drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol or any combination thereof, if they’re doing so to escape reality, there’s a problem.

While new street drug options are constantly being concocted, these are the drugs we commonly see:

Depressant
  • alcohol
  • cannabis (real and synthetic)
  • GHB
  • heroin
  • prescription drugs
  • solvents (gas, aerosol, glue, petrol)
Hallucinogens
  • Ecstasy
  • LSD
  • magic mushrooms
  • mescaline
Medical/OTC/prescription drugs
  • amphetamines (Ritalin, Dextroamphetamine)
  • antihistamines (Cough Mixture, Atarax)
  • benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ambien, Valium)
  • opiate painkillers (Codeine, Vicodin, Oxycodone)
Stimulants
  • cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • methamphetamines (ice)
  • nicotine
  • MDMA

Effects of Drug Use

While we might equate youth with experimentation and adventure, the human brain doesn’t fully develop until the age of 24. This means that drug use in teens and young adults can cause permanent damage that will negatively impact the rest of their lives. 

We believe in Supporting Families

 

We help the family to refocus on individual and family goals. We understand that when families arrive, they have spent much time and energy focusing on the problems and often dealing with the consequences.

This is usually at the expense of their own needs, as there is little energy left to spend on themselves and each other. 

We help the family move into a respectful place of mutual understanding. We facilitate a space where they are able to work together to solve long term issues, find stability and focus on the future. 

 

There is always hope

What's Next?

The most important thing to do is to find a treatment professional who understands your situation.

No drug-related problem gets better simply by watching it unfold.

Getting confirmation that your loved one is using drugs can be a benchmark for treatment and is essential in planning continuing care. There are reliable drug tests out there which use hair strands and blood. Urine tests are not always reliable as it’s very easy to acquire clean urine, or even to insert someone else’s urine into the body. “How to cheat a drug test” is one of the most popular search terms on Google. 

Yes, we offer onsite medically assisted detox, both to help clients make the transition into treatment and as a stepping stone in the early days. We don’t believe that the harder or more painful the detox, the less likely they are to do it again. We keep our clients comfortable whilst observing them closely for withdrawal symptoms. 

Contact us to discuss our Detox process.

We advise to NEVER detox or go “cold turkey” unsupervised. It is extremely dangerous, and can be fatal, with days 3 - 5 being the riskiest when withdrawing from alcohol. Even if the detox is gradual, cravings tend to kick in, and we often hear of clients having one last “major party”, which can prove very dangerous.

Get in touch to find out more.

It might help to consider that if your loved one doesn’t agree to treatment, you’re allowing the least rational person in the room make a rational decision. An important part of recovery is family, and in this case, your family has to take back control. Without your help they will never complete school or work. Recovery must come first, request a call back to discuss your options.  

For more FAQs, please refer to our FAQs page.

Our Residential Treatment Programme Offers

Our clients the safety of a life without temptation and habitual triggers.
It is time and space to process, heal and address the issues that may be behind their drug use.
Our dynamic daily activities engage body, mind and spirit, helping to create new, healthy, positive habits,

while our family atmosphere and onsite clinical staff support the emotional journey of recovery.

Have questions about our programme and facilities? Want to tell us more about your family’s needs?

 

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